How to Keep Your Gall Bladder Healthy: 7 Tips

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  • By Robin Westen

    About 10 percent of Americans have gallstones. That’s usually no big deal since most of us won’t experience any symptoms. But for one to two percent, gallstones lodge in bile ducts and cause abdominal pain, vomiting, inflammation, and even life-threatening infection. So why not take precautions? These simple home remedies can keep your gall bladder happy.

    High Fiber Cereal

    Just eating a breakfast cereal with plenty of fiber and cutting down on sugar snacks, processed, and fatty foods will help keep your gallbladder in tip top shape. Also, don’t skip breakfast! Studies show that going for long periods without eating can make you more prone to getting a gallstone.
  • Coffee New studies are finding that drinking two cups of coffee a day prevents gallstones. Researchers aren’t exactly sure why coffee helps reduce the risk. Even though they suspect it’s the caffeine, surprisingly studies show teas and soft drinks containing caffeine won’t produce the same stone-reducing effect.
  • Beans, Peas, and Nuts Turns out women who eat lots of lentils, nuts, beans, peas, and lima beans are more resistant to gallbladder attacks than women who don’t eat a lot of these healthy foods.
  • Oranges Oranges are another food that seems to do the trick when it comes to warding off gall stones. The secret is the vitamin C.
  • Red Bell Pepper Here's another excellent source of vitamin C. In fact, one red bell pepper has 95 mg of the helpful vitamin -- more than the 60 mg a day the government recommends. A recent study found that people who had more vitamin C in their blood were less likely to get the painful stones. You can also take C in supplements.
  • Salmon Once again salmon comes up a winner. Research is finding that omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish such as salmon may help prevent gallstones.
  • Wine and Beer Scientists discovered that drinking half a glass of wine or beer cuts the number of gallstone attacks by 40 percent. But don't overdo it. There’s no evidence that drinking more increases the protection.